Teen Hospitalized Following Police Chase in Waynesboro
A teenager was sent to the hospital following a police chase and crash in Waynesboro Wednesday night.
Waynesboro police received a call shortly after 10:30 p.m., from the mother of a 15-year-old boy. She told authorities that her son took her 2007 Chevrolet van without permission.
Officers caught up with the boy and attempted to stop him, but the teen eluded police for nearly two blocks before crashing into two parked cars in the 500 block of Pine Avenue. Police say the teenager intentionally crashed the van, which flipped over a Toyota pickup, then slammed into a Volkswagen sedan.
Police say the pursuit lasted no more than a minute and approached speeds of 60 miles an hour. Emergency crews had to cut the unconscious driver out of the car. He was then flown to the University of Virginia Medical Center where, at last check, he is in stable condition.
Neighbors say the historic Tree Streets neighborhood erupted in chaos when the boy smashed into the cars. One neighbor says he heard a loud bang, and moments later the entire block was filled with flashing lights.
"History tells that when pursuits come here through the Tree Streets, they usually end here in the Tree Streets and they never end well," said Sgt. Brian Edwards with the Waynesboro Police Department. "If you can look at a silver lining, no one else was physically hurt, except himself, but it could have ended much more tragically."
Neighbors were out Thursday collecting crash debris, and making sure their vehicles were unscathed. Sgt. Edwards says the pursuit probably would have been terminated if it had made its way onto busier streets.
Waynesboro Police are investigating the crash and charges are pending.
WAYNESBORO POLICE MEDIA RELEASE
The mother of an unlicensed fifteen year old Waynesboro boy called Waynesboro Police last night shortly before 11:00 P.M. to report that he had taken her 2007 Chevrolet Van without permission.
Officers were on the lookout for the vehicle when it was spotted driving on McElroy and Short Street at approximately 11:04 P.M. The vehicle began driving erratically and the driver was signaled to stop by an officer that was following it.
Instead of stopping the driver increased his speed in an attempt to elude the officer and continued to disregard lights and siren as it proceeded south on Arch Ave, crossed Wayne Ave to Rife Road and proceeded up 16th Street where it turned right onto Pine Ave. The vehicle continued to evade for approximately 1 ½ blocks before striking two parked cars in the 500 block of Pine Ave.
The first vehicle struck was a 1991 Toyota Pickup that, upon impact, was propelled across the road coming to land on its top in an adjacent yard. The second vehicle was a 1996 Volkswagen 4 door and was struck in the rear where the Chevy Van came to rest.
The juvenile driver was injured in the crash and had to be extricated from the vehicle prior to being transported by Air Care to University of Virginia Medical Center where he remains in stable condition.